by Afenginn

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Carsten Pieper Afenginn from Denmark call their music Bastard Etno. This bastard includes klezmer, nordic and east European folk, classic, rock and what have you. Exciting stuff!
This seems to be their first album. Apart from this, I only know their latest offering "Lux" which is a much calmer affair but also highly recommended!
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a beautiful 6-page digipack with a 12-page booklet. Retrogradian artwork by president of design: Jakob Bendix

    Includes unlimited streaming of Retrograd via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Get all 8 Afenginn releases available on Bandcamp and save 35%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Klingra, OPUS, elektroLUX (remix), Lux, Retrograd, Akrobakkus, Bastard Etno, and Reptilica Polaris. , and , .

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Kazubstep 04:45
Tattar Intro 03:07
Tsar Nob-Yld 06:27
Näcken 09:12
Clapdance 04:27
Elgen kommer 02:58
Elg polska 01:39
Dødstoget 02:10


Released 2004
Recorded in the summer of 2004 by Karl Bjerre Skibsted and Henrik Bjørslev at The Royal Danish Music Conservatory. We had only recorded a demo and an EP before, so our studio experience was rather limited. Prior the sessions we had several meetings with Henrik, who produced the record, discussing sound and stuff. We had an ambition to capture the energy from the liveshows and to give it all an extra push Kim had written arrangements for brass- and string quartet for most of the tunes.
There was tension in the air already from the start. One thing was that Rune’s girlfriend was extremely pregnant and about to give birth any time, which would have overruled the recording. The little unborn waited for her turn though, and it went all well. And then there was this mixer board. It was old and trashy and could freeze any moment, which also overruled everything. In the midst of any take it took a break and we never knew when and how to get it started again. Stressful. We used a couple of weeks recording and some additional weeks for mix and ended up with a good result. The night before we had our deadline for mastering, Andrzej called Henrik and was not happy with the mix. Henrik worked all night adjusting the mastermix of the whole record and showed up in the mastering studio with a new mix a couple of hours late. He had worked for too many hours and rushed through rush-hourized Copenhagen. All red, sweaty and stressed up we were seriously concerned about his heart and health. Henrik survived, Jan Eliasson mastered the album and we all went for some beers celebrating the process.

Retrograd was released 5th October 2004 and came in a nice 6-paged digipak with a 16 pages booklet. The beautiful cover was made by Jakob Bendix. Retrograd received a Danish World Award in the category “Best World Album 2005”.


released October 5, 2004


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Afenginn Copenhagen, Denmark

One of the leading voices of Scandinavian neo-folk, known for his ambitious orchestrated works. What defines this artist are his seemingly mercurial creative impulses, as each of the 6 full-length albums have been clear departures from the last. For the same reasons that Radiohead is sometimes labeled as prog, Afenginn can also be put into this camp for the way the emotional arc is designed ... more

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